The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is pleased to announce its participation in the World Botanic Gardens Exhibition, on display during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
With the theme of “Homes for Plants, Gardens for Humans,” the World Botanic Gardens Exhibition was co-organized by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the Chinese Academy of Sciences Botanic Gardens, and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Committee. The goal of the exhibition was to share the beauty and value of biodiversity with Olympic visitors from around the world, and to highlight ongoing efforts by botanic gardens to preserve natural plant heritage. Further, the theme of the Olympic Games—"One World, One Dream"—also describes the worldwide community of botanic gardens in its commitment to protect biodiversity locally and globally while educating the public about the natural world.
At the right, the Arnold Arboretum’s exhibition panel showcased several threatened plant species collected by Arboretum scientists during the last century. Rare and economically significant species have been an important component of the living collections and herbarium since the Arboretum was founded in 1872. Currently, the Arnold Arboretum maintains plant conservation collections in collaboration with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC). The Arboretum is also a leader in biodiversity studies through the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), and through floristics projects in the Hengduan Mountain Region of China and Peninsular Thailand.